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Daily Prayer - 2020-09-22

Presence

God is with me, but more,
God is within me, giving me existence.
Let me dwell for a moment on God's life-giving presence
in my body, my mind, my heart
and in the whole of my life.

Freedom

Dear Lord, instil in my heart
the desire to know and love you more.
May I respond to your will for my life.

Consciousness

I exist in a web of relationships - links to nature, people, God.
I trace out these links, giving thanks for the life that flows through them.
Some links are twisted or broken: I may feel regret, anger, disappointment.
I pray for the gift of acceptance and forgiveness.

The Word of God

Luke 8:19-21

Then Jesus' mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd. And he was told, "Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you." But he said to them, "My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • A Jew is one whose mother is a Jew; a Christian is one who has been baptised and believes that Jesus is the Son of God and is a committed follower of his. There is no such thing as a born Christian; one can be born into a Christian family and the family may well see that one becomes a disciple of Christ and so become a real not just a nominal Christian. Discipleship, not family, determines whether one is or is not Christian. Although St. Luke follows St. Mark and St. Matthews, he gives a different sense to the Lord’s words.
  • It is worth getting your New Testament and reading the three accounts of this incident (Lk. 8: 19-21 Mt.12:46-50, Mk. 3: 31-35). Luke does not contrast the natural family to the family of disciples. There is simply praise for his mother and brothers: ‘my mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and put it into practice’. In other words, they are disciples.
  • This change marks a development of Mary’s portrayal in the New Testament from receiving no mention in Paul’s writings, through her prominence in the infancy narratives to her iconic status at the foot of the Cross in John’s gospel.

Conversation

Begin to talk to Jesus about the piece of scripture you have just read.
What part of it strikes a chord in you?
Perhaps the words of a friend - or some story you have heard recently -
will slowly rise to the surface of your consciousness.
If so, does the story throw light on what the scripture passage may be trying to say to you?

Conclusion

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning,
is now and ever shall be,
world without end.

Amen

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